Four Burnette Shutt & McDaniel honored in new ‘Best Lawyers’ publications

August 21, 2020

Four Burnette Shutt & McDaniel attorneys are included in the just-released 2021 editions of “Best Lawyers in America” publications. They earned honors across nine practice areas, and all were recognized for their work in employment law and as litigators.

All told, the firm received 17 awards. Firm co-founder Nekki Shutt led the way with honors in eight practice areas.

M. Malissa Burnette, Nekki Shutt, Janet Rhodes and Grant Burnette LeFever   

M. Malissa Burnette, Shutt and Janet Rhodes are included in “Best Lawyers in America” in the following practice areas:

  • Burnette: Civil Rights Law; Employment Law – Individuals; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Mediation
  • Shutt: Civil Rights Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – ERISA; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Individuals; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Qui Tam Law
  • Rhodes: Employment Law- Individuals; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Additionally, Grant Burnette LeFever is recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” in the practice areas of Labor and Employment Law – Employee; Labor and Employment Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

“We’re very pleased that all four of us are honored for our skills as litigators,” Burnette said. “We’re committed to fighting tirelessly for every client who comes to us seeking justice. It’s great to see that determination recognized.”

Selection to “Best Lawyers” is based on more than 5.5 million confidential surveys of the nation’s top attorneys. The guide, first published in 1983, describes itself as one of the top peer-reviewed guides to the legal profession.

The selection process for “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” is similar, though inclusion is limited to attorneys who have practiced 10 years or less.

A companion piece, “Best Law Firms in America,” is released in the fall. Burnette Shutt & McDaniel has earned “Best Law Firms” honors every year since the firm was founded.


About Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA

Located in Columbia’s historic business district, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA’s attorneys are licensed to practice in all South Carolina courts and at all levels of federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. The firm represents clients in a range of areas, including employment and environmental law. They also handle employee benefits and ERISA matters, civil rights cases, privacy and data protection issues, family law, education law, and government matters such as eminent domain, land use and zoning. Learn more at